How to Practice for an Emergency - Week 4 and 5

Practice Your Plan

Making a plan is just the first step—you should practice it at least twice a year. Describe to family members a hypothetical emergency that could affect your family event and instruct them to follow the family emergency plan. 


You should practice gathering your emergency kit and important documents, communicating with one another, and meeting at a designated place. Afterwards, discuss the actions your family members took and how the plan would change in a different type of emergency.

Learn the types of disasters or emergencies that may likely occur in our area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like a tornado or flood.

Test all of the gear in your emergency kit, such as battery condition, radios and flashlights. Other good examples would be to practice using emergency communications devices and setting up an emergency shelter.

Memorize important phone numbers.

For whatever excuse or reason, many people put off doing what they know they should do. Perhaps they believe they're too busy to prepare. However, when something terrible happens, they'll wish they had taken the time – perhaps more than they've ever wished for something before.  All other activities or tasks that we have to do are dependent upon us being alive to do them.

Don’t put this off!